Challenge yourself: find out what it takes to be a volunteer

Volunteers leading a health walk at Potten End.
Volunteers leading a health walk at Potten End.
  • There are 200 different ways you can help in your community
  • Volunteers typically give one or two half days a week
  • No special skills are required
  • Volunteering is a way to make new friends and learn new skills

Find out what you would get out of volunteering your time for free to give back to the community.

What could I do as a volunteer?

This week, there are 200 different ways you could help in your community; including leading a health walk, befriending, buddying, conservation, catering, driving, fundraising, IT or packing.

How many hours would I have to volunteer?

Volunteers typically offer one or two half days each week. Some organisations use a rota system with a regular weekly slot, others are flexible. Some organisations ask for a commitment of at least six months but some are happy to take volunteers for shorter periods.

Who becomes a volunteer?

Volunteers are from all ages, abilities and walks of life. At our centre, we help more people between the ages of 15 and 25 years to volunteer than any other age group. Some roles have a minimum age limit but there are lots that don’t.

Do you need any special skills to volunteer?

No, common sense is more important for most roles. If you’re friendly, reliable and enjoy a new challenge volunteering could be for you.

What is expected of volunteers?

Volunteers usually support paid staff in their work. In general they should be on time and work the hours they agreed to, follow advice and directions from their supervisor and be willing to undertake training if necessary.

Will I be offered training and support?

Most organisations offer induction training and ongoing support as a minimum. Others have specific training courses to follow.

What’s in it for you?

The chance to make new friends, improve your employability, learn new skills, give something back to your community, improve your confidence, take on a new challenge and of course, have fun.

What next?

Call in at the Roundhouse and see how Volunteer Centre Dacorum can help you into your new volunteer role.

For more information on any of these roles, visit The Roundhouse un Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, or call 01442 214734.